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Hi I'm Josh

I'm a teacher. I'm a scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a first-year high school biology teacher and assistant wrestling coach. Before that, I was a graduate student doing research in gene therapy, or the process of curing diseases by making changes at the DNA level. While I enjoyed research, I decided that I would be much happier and make a greater impact on others by focusing my career on teaching others, hopefully inspiring them to reach greater heights. In my free time, I tend to spend most of my time with my family. I enjoy playing many different sports and also watching sports. My favorite to watch is college football, with my favorite team being the Utah Utes. I also love to read. Most of my reading consists of either fantasy/science fiction or history/historical fiction. Some of my favorite books include The Killer Angels, Harry Potter, Ender's Game, Chronicles of Narnia, the Percy Jackson books, and Band of Brothers. I often watch TV to relax, with my favorite TV show being Psych.

Why I am a Mormon

I, like many others, was blessed to come into a family with amazing parents who love God and love me and my siblings. My parents taught me to trust in God, to pray to him constantly, and to follow His commandments. My parents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and so originally, that is the reason why I attended that church and was baptized there. However, as I grew older, I had more and more opportunities to choose for myself what I wanted out of life. I've found that I feel closest to God and I am happiest when I am following the principles taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me many times that what I was doing was according to the will of God. Through these experiences and others, I have come to know that Jesus Christ is truly leading this church through a modern-day prophet. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith to the best of my ability. A great source of strength in my life has been constant prayer and daily study of the word of God, which includes the Bible and the Book of Mormon. These things give me the strength to make correct choices in my life, and also help others along in their lives. I attend church every Sunday. But more than that, I try to live my life as Christ would. I try to be perfectly obedient to God's commands. I try to be welcoming and friendly to all those I meet, and to offer help to those who stand in need. In our church, we have the responsibility of watching over those who belong to our congregation, both spiritually and physically, through a program called home teaching. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve others, both because of the closeness that I feel with those that I serve, and also the assurance that there are others willing to help when I need it. There are many that I work with and come in contact with that belong to different religions or to no religion, but I try to treat them all with respect and admire those who truly strive to be the best that they can be. I have learned many things by watching those around me live their beliefs, and they have inspired me to increase my efforts to treat others as Christ would treat them.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

I believe the foremost reason that family is such an integral part of our religion is the fact that we believe in eternal families. That means that we don't believe that it has to be "till death do you part". We have the opportunity to be with our spouse, parents, siblings, children, etc. after death as well as in this life. The family relationship is an eternal truth. We are children of God and will be reunited with our Heavenly Father after we die. In the same manner, we have the opportunity to continue our relationships with those who are our family here on earth after we die as well. I come from a family with eight kids, so a huge part Show more Show less